OTTAWA, CANADA - OCTOBER 27: Jason Garrison #52 of the Florida Panthers fires a Garri-BOOM from the top of the circle to score a goal against the Ottawa Senators during a game at Scotiabank Place on October 27, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
The last time the Panthers visited Ottawa, Nick Foligno scored the game winner with four seconds left to send Florida away empty handed. The Cats come back, tonight.
Florida will be visitng the
Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place tonight in Ottawa. This is the second of four meetings between the Eastern Conference (and future "Conference 3") rivals. This will be the second time they have met in Ottawa, with two meetings in Florida coming up later in the season. Florida is 10-7-1 away from the Bank Atlantic Center this season, while the Senators are 9-7-1 at home. Florida will be playing in the first game of a two game road trip, finishing up a back-to-back tomorrow night in Boston. They just finished a four game homestand, having gone 2-1-1. The Senators are on the tail end of a four game homestand. They've gone 2-1-0 thus far, losing to the Boston Bruins 5-2 last Wednesday, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 on Friday night, and beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Tuesday night. They will go on the road to face the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night.
The last time the two teams met was October 27 in Ottawa. The Panthers lost, 4-3 on a
Nick Foligno goal with four seconds remaining. Jason Garrison scored his third, Stephen Weiss his fourth, and Kris Versteeg his fifth of the season. Jacob Markstrom took the loss, allowing four goals on 38 Ottawa shots. The Panthers left the game at 5-4-0, the Senators were 5-5-0.
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In Florida's last game, the Panthers didn't catch many breaks, being called for seven minor penalties and having a penalty shot by Stephen Weiss die on the goal line with 25 seconds remaining, losing 2-1 to the
Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. Brian Campbell scored his third goal of the season on the power play with assists by Kris Versteeg and Jason Garrison. Jose Theodore stopped 20 of 22 Coyotes shots in the loss for Florida.
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The Senators are coming off a 4-1 drubbing of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
scored two, and
and Zach Smith added one goal apiece in the victory.
stopped 22 of 23 shots for the win.
Season Series: 0-1-0 All-Time Series: 26-37-6 Game Time: 7:30 EST
Florida Panthers: 18-10-6, 42 points, first Southeast Division, third Eastern Conference, 10th NHL, on pace for 101 points.
Ottawa Senators, 16-14-4, 36 points, third Northeast Division, eighth Eastern Conference, 17th NHL, on pace for 87 points.
With a probable appearance by backup
Scott Clemmensen (3-0-1) tomorrow in Boston, Jose Theodore (13-7-4) may get the start in goal tonight. For the Senators, Craig Anderson (14-11-2) is the likely starter.
Forwards: Due to injury, half of Florida's forwards are unable to perform in tonight's matchup. The Panther's have the equivalent of two full AHL lines in the starting lineup.
1. Weiss - Fleischmann- Versteeg
2. Kopecky- Matthias - Dadonov
3. Repik - Santorelli - Bradley
4. Barch - Kennedy - Thomas
1. Campbell - Garrison
2. Jovanovski - Gudbranson
3. Kulikov - Weaver
played in 18 games for the Panthers over two seasons from 1998-2000. He scored one goal and six assists with a minus-one rating and two penalty minutes.
Senators goalie Craig Anderson played in 53 games over three seasons for the Panthers, going 24-14-7 with a .928 save percentage and a 2.52 GAA. Anderson is fourth on Florida's all-time list with five shutouts in goal.
The Senator's other goalie,
, also logged time with Florida, playing 27 games in 2006-07. He went 7-13-5 with an .888 save percentage and a 3.34 GAA.